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get (oneself) across

To communicate and express oneself clearly and effectively, such that others can understand one's opinions, ideas, and what one is like on a personal level. Jared has a bit of social anxiety, so he has trouble getting himself across around other people he doesn't know. The most important thing when you are speaking in front of an audience to is make sure you get yourself across well.
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get across

1. To traverse something. How are we supposed to get across the river if there's no bridge? Do you think we'll be able to get across, or is it too narrow?
2. To transport someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "across." Don't worry, I'll get you across the river, even if I have to carry you.
3. To convey something so that it is understood. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "across." What message are you trying to get across in this advertisement? It's not clear enough to me. I'm not sure how to get my point across to you.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get someone or something across something

 and get someone or something across
to transport someone or something across something. We have to get every one across the bridge before the flood waters rise any more. Let's get the truck across also. It's foolhardy to try to get your car across the desert without a few gallons of water with you.
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get something across

(to someone) Go to put something across (to someone).
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get across (something)

to manage to cross something. We finally got across the river where it was very shallow. Where the water was low, it was easy to get across.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get across

1. Also, get it across. Make understandable or clear, as in I tried to get my point across, or He'll have to get it across to the others. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, come across. Be convincing, impress on others, as in How can I get across to the students? or The headmaster's announcement comes across as a criticism of the faculty. [c. 1920] Also see put across.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get across

1. To cross something; traverse something: How are we going to get across the swamp? The bridge was long, but once we got across, we were treated to a view of the cliffs.
2. To cause someone or something to cross something: The tow truck driver got the stalled car across the bridge.
3. To make something understandable or clear; successfully communicate something: I got my point across by giving lots of examples. You'll get your message across if you speak clearly.
4. get across to To find a way to communicate convincingly: Once the teacher was able to get across to the students, the lessons went very well.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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